Yeah, I was being a bit snarky, and I do apologize for that.
But I honestly have never heard Obama or any of his staffers/representatives come out and say, "Look, the stimulus wasn't as effective as we hoped," or something along those lines, and I've lost track of how many times he and his surrogates have stated some form of the phrase "All these problems are Bush's fault."
So I'm glad to hear a couple of you admit that Obama's plans haven't always been effective.
I really do want a serious conversation about these things—those of us here on CB and everyone across the country—but I've become a bit influenced, it seems, by the general snarkiness of the mainstream media and conservative talk radio. I realize that topics such as this involve some sensitive topics, personal ideologies, etc., but I really don't wish to worsen the conversation. Again, I apologize for my part in that.
A key problem, though, is that most people—and especially politicians (of every stripe)—don't want to admit when they've been wrong. It's all about scoring political points, and making sure your party stays in power. Unless that attitude changes, our problems will not be solved and the country will not advance.
Here you go:
“Now knowing how much worse the storm was, people look back and say, you guys undershot,” sighs Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner. “But we didn’t think we were undershooting at the time. We thought that the dominant strategy had to be massive, overwhelming force. There were political limits to what we could do, but we thought we were operating to expand the scope of those limits. I used to say to people, ‘Which mistake is harder to correct: doing too much, or doing too little?’ ”
I hope you can also step back and look at Obama's character through a different lens as well. Maybe it wont change your mind, but at least give you a perspective on why people disagree with your characterization of him.
That's good to read, and thanks for sharing it. I don't think, though, that such an admission was a point of emphasis for the administration. It certainly wasn't trumpeted by the mainstream media.
As far as Mr. Obama's character, I look at it through the lens of his own history.
His prep grades were mediocre, yet with the help of affirmative action policies, he had no problem taking a more-deserving person's spot in two of the best universities in the country.
The man who hired him to be a community organizer asked him if he'd be willing to live among the people he was supposed to be helping, but Obama chose to remain in his nice Hyde Park home. To me, that shows a lack of commitment and genuine concern, and that he was more interested in padding his resume.
He took the job of Harvard Law Review
editor despite never having written an article for it, and having almost no writing or editing experience. To me, this shows a lack of personal and professional integrity, and again makes it seem to me like he just wanted to pad his resume. Some people surmise that this appointment, too, was a result of affirmative action.
When Mr. Obama was still as unknown as you or I, he accepted a $125,000 advance to write a book about race relations. Despite his biracial heritage, he really had little experience in race relations, certainly not enough to write a book about it, nor did he have the writing and editing chops for it. But he took the publisher's money anyway—then proceeded to spend a good deal of it on a vacation for him and Michelle in Bali. When the publisher balked, Mr. Obama pleaded for another chance, the publisher gave him another
advance—this time for $40,000—and he produced not a book on race relations but a memoir, which many linguistic experts claim was actually written by Mr. Obama's unrepentant-terrorist friend Bill Ayers. Lack of integrity and character all around, there.
To this very day, Mr. Obama continues to say that he was a constitutional law professor
, when he was only a lecturer
; I work at a university, so I know there's a big difference between the two. And according to many folks who knew him and worked with him at the time, he was a fairly poor lecturer, at that. So Mr. Obama is a liar.
Mr. Obama also attended the church of a black radical for nearly two decades, yet claimed that he never heard Jeremiah Wright make any inflammatory or racist statements. This, to me, is simply not believable.
So when I look at those things, as well as others, I see numerous evidence, a repeating pattern, of bad character. This is not what I want in a president, and it's sad and disappointing than anyone would support such a person being our leader.